I originally approached Terry after suffering the personal loss of a beloved Arabian horse and, in wanting to preserve his memory by making a donation to a good, horse-related cause, I discovered the Arabian Rescue Mission (A.R.M.) A.R.M. is a wonderful organization that not only directly rescues horses, but helps horse lovers and communities become aware of the plight of these truly deserving animals, and offers solutions to this ever-growing issue with novel ideas and programs. Terry herself has dedicated her life to this goal; the amount of time she spends networking with individuals and other rescue organizations, fundraising, answering questions, coordinating shipments, arranging care for the rescued horses, manning the phone and social media, as well as the care of the rescued horses in her charge, is nothing short of extraordinary. I know of very few people who would be willing to sacrifice so much in the service of others for as long as Terry has done. Her unswerving commitment to making ethical and moral decisions for each horse, day in and day out, and with so much care/compassion, is truly inspiring. In this day and age of mistrust and misinformation, it's very comforting to know that organizations like ARM exist to provide support to those who cannot speak for themselves - wonderful Arabian horses that find themselves at risk of abuse, inhumane treatment and death in a slaughterhouse, through no fault of their own. Even though I'm a regular donor and occasional volunteer, I wish I had more time/money to dedicate to this exceptional cause.
I have got a real problem with charities that SEND money to get money. That said, I have asked to removed from their mailing list. How can non-profits afford to do this? How much money does ARM waste by sending out half dollars, hoping for a donation? Very irresponsible in my book. I'm a huge animal lover, and it could be they do great work, but I won't support a non-profit that does stuff like this.
I'm sorry you feel that way and that you won't support us. It is a difficult decision on which types of fundraising to allow, however since that particular letter generated new leads and quite a few new supporters it was certainly worth the effort. What you don't realize, and quite frankly neither did I, it doesn't cost us a penny to do these mailings nor very little time invested. The support the mailings generate are people who otherwise would not have even known about our work and were not already supporting us. So even if it were to supply us with one new supporter who donates, it has helped. Again, I apologize for any inconvenience and upset this may have caused you.
Arabian Rescue Mission is so much more than arabians, they go above and beyond to help herds of horses in danger of losing their homes, they work tirelessly to find just the perfect home for every animal that is in need. Open and easy to talk to, operated by passionate people that will go the extra mile and do what has to be done. I don't hesitate to donate and support Arabian Rescue Mission
Arabian Rescue Mission is about so much more than help one breed of horse, they help many breeds. This is one rescue that is never afraid to jump in and help whole herds of horses in trouble, but will also take the time to help make one single horse's life better. They also never ask for money for general expenses, unlike 99 percent of the other horse rescues. All money donated goes exactly where you ask it to go, so if they are fundraising to help a herd of 30 starving horses and you donate, you kow that the money you send is helping to fill bellies. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about this rescue because this is one that actually deserves to be called a rescue.
I’ve been a supporter and contributor for over 5 years and have seen ARM constantly working to save horses in peril. This Rescue has drawn volunteers, sponsors, donors and adopters from all over the country because they know what they’re doing and remain true to their mission. They have successfully saved hundreds of horses from starvation, kill pens, abuse and neglect. They are compassionate and dauntless in their efforts!! I admire and hold dear, Terry Figueroa, founder and leader of ARM. She is selfless and resolute in her persistence to save all that cross her path. ARM is truly a “champion of the cause” and I am grateful to have the opportunity to join ARM in its quest to provide a safe and loving life for the horses that have fallen upon hard times. God bless them all!
Thank God for Terry and the hard work she puts in for horses in need. I do not for a minute doubt that my donations go directly to help rescue horses and make their lives better. I have followed ARM for a couple of years now and consistency of mission and dedication to rescue is amazing. Keep Up the good work!!!
This rescue steps up to the plate time and time again helping horse owners in need through qualified placement and consulting. They also help place many horses that are in need of rescue due to abuse.
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I have been donating money to horse rescues for several years now. There are some great ones out there that are really helping horses. But if I had to choose one that I really want to give my money to it would be ARM. For them it is all about saving horses, rehabbing horses, rehoming horses. What is best for the horse is always the top priority. And their rehoming contract protects the horses future safety. We all know that letting your horse go is very risky. When ARM is involved, that's about as safe as it gets. I will be continuing to donate to this rescue for a very long time.
adopted my arabians from ARM in 2010 and Terry and ARM have been there whenever I needed anything. I can't think of a better charity, or better people to work with. They always have the horses best interests at heart and I know if I ever needed to I could call them and they would be there.
I first heard about the arabian rescue mission about a year ago. since then Terry Figora has helped change my life and that of three wonderful arabian horses. She has given me advice, monitored the foster care I deliver, and been a real hands on saving grace. She was right on the phone with the details of what horses I was going to adopt, and which were foster care. She helped me arrange trailers, helpers and appplication checks on me and the pasture areas I was moving the mares to. I only wish foster care providers for children could be so monitored, helped and encouraged.
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I have been a donor to the Arabian Rescue Mission for several years. In that time I have come to know Terry (Founder), the volunteers and several of the Board of Directors quite well. Although it's primary goal is to save Arabians from neglect, abuse and slaughter, no breed is ever ignored or turned away when help is needed. Terry travels to many states to secure the safety and placement of not only individual horses in trouble but last year assisted in the relocation and safety of quite a few herds. In fact they adopted out or re-homed over 400 horses. Many times thee wonderful people, especially Terry, do without themselves to provide for the medical and emotional needs of these horses and ponys. Doing all this in a very tight economy and dependence on dwindling donations because of this.
I'd also like to add that a little over two years ago I also becme an adopter of an ARM horse. With Terry's guidance and complete honesty in evaluating my mare, it's been a match made in heaven. All clients of ARM receive this individual attention.
I am also a monthly donor to two of ARM's permanent senior residents.
Terry and the workers at ARM are relentless in their devotion to the abused, abandoned and needy horses of all breeds, both Arabians and all others. I've seen Terry (founder) do without herself to give the horses the care and medical attention they need. I support them on a monthly basis and have also adopted a senior Arabian mare who enriches my life every day.
I can attest to the kindness and caring given to horses that are rescued by ARM. Terry and all of her volunteers go beyond what most would do for these wonderful animals. I am the very proud owner of a mare that was hours from slaughter. Everyone associated with ARM is helpful and available to assist with owners that need help to save their horses. Thank you Terry, and all for the incredible work that you do. I'm proud to know you.
Very disappointed:( This nonprofit was investigated and found to be commingling donor funds with a for-profit business as well as their personal accounts (http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/pr20120321a.html). The investigation findings and details can be read at: http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/Arabian-Rescue-Mission.pdf. Although they are now registered in New Jersey as a nonprofit to solicit donations (as long as they provide accounting of funds properly), I cannot support a nonprofit again that was this irresponsible with donor funds, even if their intentions were good; no one will ever know where that money went. I will never know where my donation to them went...
http://www.nj.gov/oag/newsreleases12/pr20120321a.html NEWARK – The State Division of Consumer Affairs has settled its investigation of an unregistered charity that rescues horses, with two trustees of the organization agreeing to pay $6,000 back to the organization, under terms of the Consent Order.
Therese A. Figueroa, 55, and Cynthia J. Millar, 36, both of Branchville, each have paid $3,000 to The Arabian Rescue Mission, Inc. (“ARM”). Both are trustees of ARM.
ARM, which operates a facility in Wantage Township, has never been registered as a charitable organization with the Division of Consumer Affairs as required. During its investigation, the Division determined that Figueroa and Millar commingled charitable donations with payments made to a for-profit stable operating on the same Wantage Township property as the horse rescue organization.
Additionally, the for-profit stable charged ARM for boarding and feeding horses, but payments records were inconsistent and incomplete.
“Potential donors did not receive, and could not get, the financial transparency from this organization that they are entitled to,” Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa said. “The Arabian Rescue Mission now is registered and it will annually report financial information required under state law.”
ARM’s federal taxpayer identification number was used by other organizations unaffiliated with it, the investigation found.
A $25,000 civil penalty assessed against ARM, Figueroa, and Millar is suspended but can be reinstated if the terms of the Consent Order are not met.
“We’ve increased the public’s focus on how charities use contributions through our ongoing ‘Investigate Before You Donate’ initiative,” said Thomas R. Calcagni, Director of the State Division of Consumer Affairs. “Consumers should always check whether a charity is registered to solicit donations in New Jersey, and how those donations are spent.”
The “Investigate Before You Donate” initiative launched last year includes a bi-monthly report on the 10 most inquired about charities at the Division’s Charities Registration Section. The report for each charity details spending on the charitable program’s purpose, fundraising, and management/general expenses.
Anna Lascurain, Special Deputy in Litigation, represented the State in this matter. Supervising Investigator Larry Biondo and Investigator Patrick Mullan in the Charities and Fundraising Fraud Unit conducted the investigation.
The Division’s Charities Hotline may be reached at 973-504-6215 during regular business hours.
Consumers who believe they have been cheated or scammed by a business, or suspect any other form of consumer abuse, can file a complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs by visiting its website or by calling 1-800-242-5846 (toll free within New Jersey ) or 973-504-6200.
I must first strongly disagree with the negative review posted Feb 12,2012. As President of Mountain Valley Trail Riders, I was approached by one of our members about making a contribution to the WV herd rescue in Feb 2012. I researched the Arabian Rescue Mission for several days before presenting the request to the club directors for a vote on releasing funds for this endeavor. It was voted to set up a credit at a local feed store where another of our members worked instead of sending money directly. That way we could also "keep an eye" on the use of the credit. After the rescue was complete, a member of ARM contacted me to let me know that due to the overwhelming support they got, the had not needed to use the entire credit amount that we had allotted them. However, they were ASKING PERMISSION to use that credit to purchase feed and supplies for their next upcoming rescue effort. They could have simply "taken" the rest of the credit and claimed that it was for the WV herd and we would have been none the wiser! That shows a tremendous ethicality not often seen and of course we voted to allow them to use the remaining funds for their next rescue. I would not hesitate to donate to them again, nor would I hesitate to recommend that any other organization or individual do the same.
I have had the oppotunity to get to know Terry and tour the facilities at ARM. What I found was a facility that allows horses to be just that, to roll in the mud, kick up their heels and for the rescues start to put the past behind them and start to enjoy life! Every horse I met as we toured the paddocks came up to Terry to say hello and be scratched. I had no idea two of thos loving, gentle horses were stallions until I was told! Any one wishing to adopt a rescue will get an honest evaluation of the horse and suitability for the adopter. Any one wishing to donate toward the upkeep of the animals will find it is money well spent.
Review from Guidestar
ARM provides a variety of approaches for rescuing Arabian horses in danger. The danger can include starvation, neglect, sale to slaughter, or abandonment. ARM is skilled at negotiating with owners in distress and helping them find new homes for their horses discreetly and professionally.
Arabian Rescue Mission is a shining example of what rescue is all about: saving horses from neglect, cruelty and abuse. Terry's professionalism in negotiating and organizing rescues, often involving large numbers of horses, impressed me very much, and her compassion and concern for every horse in her care, which is the most vital aspect of a rescue, is second to none.
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